Our family room has gone through quite a few changes in the last 7 years! We literally made it over… and over… and over from the floor up! I’m not afraid to change things up and make mistakes and change my mind and rearrange things. I think I’ve made more changes in the family room than any other room in my home. So, take a stroll down memory lane with me to see the evolution of a family room!
Before we take my family room tour I want to tell you about this month’s READER APPRECIATION GIVEAWAY…
October’s giveaway is a DECORATING CONSULTATION with me! I’ll meet with you on skype or google hangout to view your biggest decorating problems. If you are not computer savvy you can send pictures! I will give you my best advice and create a mood board for you to reference. I’m so excited to connect with you! Good luck!
Let’s step back into late 2009 and here’s my family room…
It’s sorta neutral and very boring! Lots of nice pieces of furniture but for the most part they do not work together and do not portray my personality… at all! This family room said nothing about who the people were who lived in it!
Not until I got serious about making this room into a place I love did it start to take form! It went from this…
To this! Now, this room is full of my personality and style!
Our home is celebrating its 21st birthday in December! And about 6 years ago we noticed that it was beginning to show it’s age! So we have taken one room at a time and gutted each one and made it over. It takes us a very long time to complete each room because we mostly do it ourselves! I think the family room is the makeover that I love the best. This room needed lots of help and I literally poured myself into it!
I think the family room is the makeover that I love the best. This room needed lots of help and I literally poured myself into it!
The first thing I did was to paint a pair of plain linen curtains already hanging in the family room with a big white print. The curtains looked so much better! But the room was still painfully boring!
The family room carpet was in the first wave of things to go… Bobby and I (and when I say Bobby and I… I mean Bobby) laid hardwood floors in the family room to match the rest of the house! I really loved this “shag” type carpet, but I was on a mission to have hardwoods in every room in my home!
We also resurfaced the green marble surround and hearth of the fireplace and replaced it with white washed brick. Then we painted the brass accents with oil rubbed bronze.
Christmas pictures are the only ones I could find with my marble fireplace surround! VERY 90’s!
The whole fireplace resurface cost under $500.00 and was so so worth it! It really updated the look of the family room!
Also during that time we painted the family room walls Sonnet by Benjamin Moore. This made such a huge difference! We also took down the gilded mirror above the mantel and added a large clock. I got this clock on clearance sale for $67.00 from Kohls. Score!
We also removed the scroll work around the shelves to make them look a little more updated.
I found chippy black shutters that I just loved but they were huge. Bobby retrofitted them to flank the clock and I painted the lamps to work with the rest of the updated decor! You can see what they looked like before in the Christmas picture above!
Rug one was introduced to the family room. This was such a nice rug… until a couple dogs decided the fringe would be a great “tug toy”! I could see this room starting to take shape…but still a little ho-hum!
It was during this time I added the baskets to the bookshelves. They looked much more organized! I’ve often thought about doing something different with the shelves but these just seem to work so well!
The next thing that changed was the sofa. The greek key motif sofa was slipcovered and put into the upstairs sitting room. It was replaced with a great, comfy white slipcovered sofa I got as a gift for being Lamps Plus BLOG OF THE YEAR.
Next, we addressed the brown leather chairs. I love these chairs so so much. The leather is like butter, but they really did not do anything for the transforming family room. So, with much angst… they were slipcovered. It’s good to find a skilled slipcoverer in your area. It was so much less expensive to cover these chairs than to buy new ones.
We also added a more comfortable chair in a houndstooth pattern. It’s a recliner! Who knew!!!! I thought I’d never ever have a recliner in my home but this one from La-z-boy is so chic! Who knew?
The buffet I had in the family room…
Was replaced with a fun farmhouse style curio. I saved a couple years to get it and I’m so glad I did!
And added a chair next to it. And a tri of platters on either side of the farmhouse curio.
Another sofa… long story! And a new coffee table and new curtains I made from Walmart sheers.
The mirror above the mantel was painted with a chippy white finish.
As I made each change I gained more momentum and confidence! This family room decor did not happen overnight and I made plenty of mistakes along the way, just look at all the pictures! But I learned more and more about decorating and about my style and decor personality.
This family room’s decor did not happen overnight and I made plenty of mistakes along the way! But I learned more and more about decorating and about my style and decor personality.
My goal is not decorating perfection… it’s living in and loving a home that reflects me and my family!
Is my family room decor complete? Oh NO! Not at all! I still have several changes I want to make. I would love to replace the two windows in the family room with one large one to let in more light and beautiful farmland views.
But for now, most of my changes are seasonal!
How about you? Are the rooms in your home ever evolving?
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